Players take effort to limit offseason programs behind the scenes for 2022

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It was a hot topic in 2021. It’s apparently not an issue at all in 2022. The more accurate is that it’s happening behind the scenes this year.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the very public effort by players to push back against voluntary offseason workouts in 2021 has become a more subtle play in 2022. Last year’s goal was to encourage players to set a precedent and to realize the leverage they have. This year, the hope is to get some teams to make alterations to the workout schedule without it becoming a major public issue.

Several teams have expressed a willingness to do that this year. The Colts, Bengals, Cardinals, and Rams are among those that have agreed to reduce the duration and/or intensity of offseason workouts.

More may follow suit. It could be that, without the players taking a stand, teams will be less inclined to bend.

Last year, Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady became one of the most prominent voices opposing participation in voluntary workouts. Tampa Bay G.M. Jason Licht was asked about Brady’s anticipated participation in this year’s offseason program. Licht’s answer was largely a non-answer.

“Constant communication, he and Todd [Bowles] have had on that,” Licht told reporters. “It’s voluntary right now. He’s going into his 23rd season — he obviously knows how to take care of himself. During this voluntary portion, I just know he and Todd have had several conversations about that. So, no worries whatsoever.”

Brady’s preparation won’t be an issue. It never is. But with a new head coach, it could made sense for Brady to be more involved than he was a year ago, in order to help everyone get on the same page as training camp begins.

11 responses to “Players take effort to limit offseason programs behind the scenes for 2022

  1. Do reporters & fans really think Brady needs to have practice in April to be ready for September? They’re going to be running the same offense.

  2. There is an extra game now. If a team goes to the playoffs and super bowl, they play well into February. Putting off the offseason workouts makes sense. Give the players time to rest and heal.

  3. So Brady goes to the voluntary work outs in 2020 and the Buc win the Superbowl… Last year he skips the voluntary workouts and the Buc come up short… anyone else see a correlation?? It takes FULL investment to be the best you can be. Skipping workouts is not a reflection of a good and dedicated teammate.

  4. Isn’t the “Voluntary” portion only like 3-4 days anyways? Then there’s a couple weeks before OTA’s start? That’s going to produce a poorer product? Meh

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